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Sahl hasheesh | A gem of the Red Sea Riviera

A beautifull Sahl Hasheesh promenade is located by the sea.

Sahl Hasheesh is a Red Sea resort city in Egypt. It’s located only 18 kilometres (11 miles) away from the Hurghada International Airport. A small resort city is a perfect holiday destination for the ones who want to peace, relaxation and discover the beauty of the Red Sea. Here is all you need to know before visiting Sahl Hasheesh.

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  • General information about Sahl Hasheesh Egypt
  • Things to do in & places to see in Sahl Hasheesh Egypt
  • Shopping in Sahl Hasheesh
  • Sahl Hasheesh restaurants & nightlife
  • Where to stay- Hotels in Sahl Hasheesh
  • Sahl Hasheesh weather

General information about Sahl Hasheesh in Egypt

Sahl Hasheesh has it all what you need to have a perfect holiday: crystal clear waters, pristine sandy beaches, palm trees, silence and atmosphere. What else can you ask for?

When you enter to Sahl Hasheesh, you feel like you have been transferred to another planet.

You are inside of an incredibly beautiful resort city. The town is like a small seashore village in the middle of nowhere. It is surrounded by numerous islands and coral reefs which make it an excellent choice for the ones interested in sea life and water sports.

Sahl Hasheesh is very different from the other Red Sea Riviera resorts like Hurghada.

Compared to lively Hurghada, Sahl Hasheesh is a haven of peace. It’s a gated area and everything is perfectly set up. In fact, you can’t even talk about Sahl Hasheesh and Hurghada at the same time. They are so different from each other.

Old Town Corniche, Sahl Hasheesh Image: Joshfdrake
Old Town Corniche, Sahl Hasheesh Image: Joshfdrake

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Hurghada or Sahl Hasheesh?

When talking about Hurghada and Sahl Hasheesh, both resorts have their own sides. When Hurghada is a vivid noisy city that never sleeps, Sahl Hasheesh is a quiet and slow resort town.

If you enjoy the silence and want to relax properly Sahl Hasheesh should be your next holiday destination in Egypt.

If you prefer to stay a more lively environment with bars, nightclubs and shopping opportunities choose Hurghada and visit Sahl Hasheesh. And otherwise, if you are staying in Sahl Hasheesh, visit Hurghada.

Both of the cities are worth seeing and exploring.

Take a private car/taxi, Uber or Careem and visit Sahl Hasheesh or Hurghada You won’t regret it.

When I visited Sahl Hasheesh for the first time, I was totally blown away for its beauty. Seriously, I fell in love with the beauty of the city.

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Sahl Hasheesh Arrivals Piazza. Sahl Hasheesh is one of the most beauttiful places in the Red Sea Riviera.
Sahl Hasheesh Arrivals Piazza. Sahl Hasheesh is one of the most beautiful places in the Red Sea Riviera.

Next: Things to do and places to visit in Sahl Hasheesh

Things to do and places to see in Sahl Hasheesh

Sahl Hasheesh has the best beaches in the Red Sea Riviera. Many people living in Hurghada visit Sahl Hasheesh, because of its amazing beaches. A day at the beach is not free of charge; At the moment it costs about 300 Egyptian pounds to enter the beaches of Sahl Hasheesh. Sailor’s Beach Club is one of the most popular beach clubs in Sahl Hasheesh.

Sahl Hasheesh has a lot to offer for the ones interested in scuba diving and other water-related activities.

World-famous scuba-diving sports clubs and diving centres are located in Sahl Hasheesh.

There are also very good beachfront snorkelling spots, which are usually harder to find. In the picture below you see the Sunken City, which is an excellent area for snorkelling.

Sahl Hasheesh sunken city & pier from above.
The Sahl Hasheesh Bay. Image: Joshfdrake

Sahl Hasheesh sunken city | Snorkelling in Sahl Hasheesh

Sunken City is an artificial site made for snorkelling. It has been built to remind the old pharaonic city ruins. The city ruins attract both fishes and corals. There are lots to see under the water. You can even see the sunken city up from the pier (picture above).

The old pier | Must-see in Sahl Hasheesh

The pier that extends over 400 meters over the sea, is a must place to see and experience in Sahl Hasheesh (picture above).

Sahl Hasheesh promenade

In Sahl Hasheesh you can take a stroll along 14 kilometres (8 miles) long beachfront promenade. If you want to do something more special, rent a golf cart and drive along the promenade! Renting the golf carts is a quite expensive thing to do, but for sure it’s also fun!

Sahl Hasheesh Egypt. Golf carts in the old Sahl Hasheesh old town.
Sahl Hasheesh Egypt. Golf carts in the old Sahl Hasheesh old town.

Old town | Unique architecture

The Old town is called the old town, but actually it’s not old. The Old town has its beautiful unique architecture, which you can’t see anywhere else. Most of the restaurants, bars & shops are located in the Old Town of Sahl Hasheesh.

Arrivals Piazza in Sahl Hasheesh

One of the most beautiful places in Sahl Hasheesh is definitely Arrival Piazza. The piazza is located in the Old Town in Sahl Hasheesh and looks amazing. Especially, in the evenings, when it is lit. It’s one of the most photographed places in Sahl Hasheesh Egypt.

Arrival Piazza Sahl Hasheesh Egypt is one of the most beautiful piazzas.
Arrival Piazza Sahl Hasheesh Egypt is one of the most beautiful piazzas.


New Marina hasn’t been built yet, but it’s coming someday in the future.

Horseback riding

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Next: Shopping in Sahl Hasheesh

Shopping in Sahl Hasheesh

Sahl Hasheesh is an area with poor shopping facilities. If you want to shop properly, you must leave Sahl Hasheesh. The closest place where to shop is Senzo mall, which is only five kilometres away from Sahl Hasheesh.

Read more: The best places to shop in Hurghada

SENZO MALL is one of the biggest shopping centres in Hurghada’s surroundings. From the mall, you’ll find shops with fixed prices and Spinneys which is the biggest supermarket in Hurghada.

Shopping facilities in Sahl Hasheesh are not very good.
Fruit market shop in Old Town Sahl Hasheesh Egypt.

Nightlife and bars in Sahl Hasheesh

Sahl Hasheesh is not famous for its nightlife. If you are looking for an active nightlife then it is better to head to Hurghada or El Gouna.

Most of the Sahl Hasheesh restaurants are located inside the hotels. For example, both Mexican & Italian restaurant in Sahl Hasheesh are located in Tropitel hotel.


The nightlife in Sahl Hasheesh is concentrated on hotels. A popular nightclub in Sahl Hasheesh is Golden Booda, which is located inside Albatros citadel hotel, more info Golden Booda.

Luckily, there is also a bar called Bus stop that offers live music and entertainment for tourists and residents living in Sahl Hasheesh. The bus stop is located in the old town.

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If you stay in Sahl Hasheesh you can always order a private car (taxi), uber or careem to drive you to Hurghada and back. Hurghada Marina is an excellent choice for an evening stroll and dinner.

Read more: Hurghada nightlife | A guide to Hurghada nightlife

Next: Sahl Hasheesh hotels

Where to stay in Sahl Hasheesh | Hotels in Sahl Hasheesh

When there are hundreds of hotels Hurghada where to choose from, Sahl Hasheesh hotels can be counted with two hands fingers.

The hotels in Sahl Hasheesh are luxurious, with luxury prices. Like El Gouna, Sahl Hasheesh isn’t the best choice for budget travellers. If you are on a budget, choose Hurghada.

Here is a list of the six popular hotels in Sahl Hasheesh with important/main facilities.

The Oberoi Beach Resort Sahl Hasheesh *****

The Pergola Restaurant in Oberoi Beach Resort Sahl Hasheesh.

Check all the pictures from the hotel website and be amazed:


  • Spa with steam rooms
  • Outdoor pool with an amazing view
  • Beachfront-Private beach
  • Free wi-fi in the suites
  • 3 restaurants & bar, including authentic Indian restaurant.

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Premier Le Reve Hotel & Spa *****

A hotel in the heart of Sahl Hasheesh only for adults or children over 16 years old.


  • Beachfront
  • Coral reefs in the front of the hotel beach
  • Four pools
  • Free WIFI in the lobby & rooms
  • Spa & Gym
  • Disabled rooms available

Tropitel Sahl Hasheesh ****

Tropitel Sahl Hasheesh has a huge swimming pool.
Tropitel Sahl Hasheesh has a huge swimming pool.

Tropitel Sahl Hasheesh is a beautiful resort with almost 600 hotel rooms. There are rooms from Family rooms to deluxe ones. The hotel has also a small shopping area.

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  • Bars & Restaurants including Italian  & Mexican restaurant
  • 3 Pools
  • Children’s pool (heated in the winter)
  • Outdoor jacuzzi
  • Private beach
  • Coral reefs in the front of the hotel beach
  • Spa
  • Diving Center
  • Health club (gym)
  • Kids club, playroom & playground

Sunrise Romance Resort Sahl Hasheesh*****

Sunrise Romance Resort Sahl Hasheesh is a hotel for adults only.

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  • Free wi-fi in the lobby & rooms
  • 6 restaurants & bars including Italian & Chinese restaurant.
  • Shuttle service to Hurghada
  • Spa & fitness center

Baron Palace Sahl Hasheesh*****

Baron Palace Sahl Hasheesh looks amazing in the evening.
Baron Palace Sahl Hasheesh looks amazing in the evening.

Baron Palace Sahl Hasheesh is the newest hotels in the area. The hotel has won Trip advisors’ travellers choice award in 2019.

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  • Pools (heated in the winter)
  • Free wi-fi
  • Beachfront-private beach
  • Spa & fitness center
  • 7 a la carte Restaurants; Egyptian, Italian, Mexican, Asian, BBQ, Sushi bar & Teppanyaki
  • Kids Club
  • Bar

Albatros Citadel Resort-Sahl Hasheesh*****

Albatros citadel resort is a hotel for all the family with 3 man-made sea lagoons .
Albatros citadel resort is a hotel for all the family with 3 man-made sea lagoons.

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  • 1,6 km long private beach
  • 3 sea lagoons
  • pool
  • Health club & gym
  • Spa
  • Free wifi in a lobby
  • Kids playing area & club
  • Restaurants & bars
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Weather and temperatures in Sahl Hasheesh

Weather in Sahl Hasheesh is very similar to Hurghada weather. Summers are extremely hot (+40) and winters are warm. Raining is rare and the weather is never seriously cold.

Read more: Hurghada weather | What’s the weather like in Hurghada?

The coldest time of the year is winter. From the beginning of December until the end of February, the daily temperature is around 20-25 celsius degrees. In the evenings temperatures may drop as low as 12 Celsius degrees, so it’s better to pack a light jacket and warm cardigan when travelling during the winter season. 

The best months to travel Sahl Hasheesh are October-November and March-April.

It’s always a little bit windy in Hurghada and Sahl Hasheesh. The wind makes it a little bit easier to handle the heat in the summer. If you’re travelling to Egypt during the summer, don’t forget to hydrate and add sun lotion regularly.  It’s hot there!

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